2012-2014 BDCP Blog

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  • Habitat Restoration: Planning for Climate Change

    By Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency


    Each week, we learn more about how climate change is likely to affect California. The U.S. Department of the Interior just released the “Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment,” detailing the impacts of climate change on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Read the report here


    The effects of climate change on the Delta described in the Interior report includes more frequent saltwater inundation from the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean into the freshwater estuary. This advancing inundation only underscores the importance of Delta habitat restoration.


    Over the last 150 years, ...

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  • Bay Delta Conservation Plan: diverting water, balancing needs

    By Mark W. Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources

    San Francisco Chronicle 

    Not many places on Earth move more water farther than California, and the emotions that Californians connect to our big water projects — indifference, pride, regret, worry — bear on the current debate over how to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as an ecosystem and water source. But emotion will not lead to the best long-term public policy decisions for California. Read more.

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  • Refinements Warrant Additional Public Review

    By Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency


    In our continued efforts to maintain transparency throughout our planning processes, an announcement about a pending recirculation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was made earlier this week. We intend to meet the goals and objectives of the Plan by continually looking for practical, effective and responsible ways to make it better.  We will be recirculating the plan and the environmental documents in order to daylight refinements, generated in part by public comment, as well as by our own internal review and evaluation of comments. Details of those refinements and other ...

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  • Principles for Sharing Design and Construction Oversight for Proposed New Water Facilities

    By Nancy Vogel

    California Department of Water Resources

    If the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is approved, public water agencies and the State of California will embark on one of the largest infrastructure modernization projects in the country.  The currently proposed project includes three new Sacramento River intakes and 30-mile long, large diameter tunnels with a price tag of $14.5 billion.  It is the first significant local investment in statewide water infrastructure since the construction of the State Water Project in the 1960s. 

     

    When it comes to the design and construction of any new water facilities, the California Department of ...

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  • Independent Analysis Rates BDCP “Affordable” – Highlights Need for Reliability and Flexibility for Urban Water Deliveries

    The City of Los Angeles’ independent Office of Public Accountability has released its fiscal analysis of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. In it, the analysis concludes in part: “… that under a wide array of cost and water demand scenarios, the total BDCP is affordable to almost all City households.” The analysis also highlights the importance of the need for reliability in the core water supply for one of the nation’s largest cities. Read the analysis here.

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  • Correcting Stubborn Myths Part II

    By Karla Nemeth, California Natural Resources Agency

    1. Myth: The BDCP doesn't include financing costs or debt service payments over the 50-year term of the project.

      Fact: Ultimately, before final decisions are made about whether to proceed with the BDCP (Plan), financing costs for the project will be known and part of the public discussion. Right now, BDCP is focusing on capital, operations, and maintenance costs to determine the long-term benefits of securing this water supply source and restoring the Delta’s ecosystem. The financial planning included in the public draft BDCP is a proposal that the state and federal agencies will ...

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  • Part III: Future Delta

    By Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

    This is the last of a three-part blog summarizing the evolution of public policy for Delta water supplies. Part I examined the original planning for the State Water Project. Part II discussed the impact of the controversy over the Peripheral Canal.

    There should be no question that public thinking about the Delta will continue to change in the future, given the lessons of the past. The first question anyone must ask about the future of the Delta is whether the voters will continue to subsidize the maintenance and improvement of the Delta ...

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  • Part II: The Delta in Our Time

    By Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

    This is the second of a three-part blog summarizing the evolution of public policy for Delta water supplies. Part I examined the original planning for the State Water Project. Part Two discusses the development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

    On a quiet summer day in June 1972, the failure of the Andrus-Brannan Islands caused sea water to rush into the Delta, jeopardizing the quality of supplies for the Contra Costa Water District and for the exports that serve millions of consumers in the Bay Area, Southern California and the Central ...

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  • Part I: The Delta - Origins of Controversy

    By Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency


    Californians have been debating the role of the Delta and the best way to move water to where it's needed for nearly 70 years. The recently released draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and accompanying draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) reflect the ongoing evolution of Delta water policy in the critical areas of supply, water quality, environmental impacts, species preservation and the interests of the Delta communities. This is the first of a three-part blog that summarizes how our understanding of these issues has changed in relation to the dynamic ...

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  • Correcting Stubborn Myths

    By Karla Nemeth, California Natural Resources Agency

    In light of the importance of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to most Californians, we thought it time to address some of the stubborn “urban myths” that are being perpetuated about the BDCP. We encourage Californians to get involved with understanding the proposed plan and investigate the details for themselves.

    Good water policy in California requires an open discussion of facts. It also requires a good faith acknowledgment that “final” answers aren’t, by definition, to be found in “draft” documents. Public draft documents open up the process for review and constructive comments. ...

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